Using Wikis

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A wiki (WIK-ee) is a collaborative website which allows its users to create, add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor. 

They are an easy to use tool, which makes assembly of content simple and straightforward and learners can access them from anywhere at anytime as long as they have internet access.  There are many different wiki sites and some can be protected by a password, so only invited members can edit the pages.

Wikis serve many purposes. Using a wiki in your class or in an educational setting can enhance the learning experience by supporting collaborative activities. Some example types of activities and knowledge management projects you can use wikis for would be repositories for meeting notes, e-portfolios, presentations, editing a textbook, preparing a article, and creation of reference documents.

A wiki is a great place to teach students how to “virtually” present themselves.  It encourages collaboration across distances. Individuals that do not like to speak up may be more willing to share their ideas.  Open editing encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition. Information is easily searched for on a search engine and is instantly available.  Read more on wikis in this Educause article, “7 Things You Should Know About Wikis”.

Widely used wiki hosting services and support documentation

Wikispaces Classroom
One of the largest wiki platforms with a community of over 4 million members and 1.5 million wikis.

PBworks
The #1 on-demand wiki for business and education and hosts over 1 million wikis.

Wikia
Currently editing over 452 education wiki articles and 200,000 wikis across an array of subjects such as video games, TV and movies to sports, food, fashion, and current events. Wikia operates the world’s largest network of collaboratively published video game, entertainment, and lifestyle content on the web.

Wiki sites managed by the Wikimedia organization
These sites are contributed by volunteers all over the world.


Sources/Retrieved from: http://www.wikispaces.com, http://pbworks.com, http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7004.pdf, www.educause.edu/eli, http://www.wikipedia.org, http://en.wiktionary.org, http://en.wikibooks.org, http://www.wiki.com, and http://www.wikia.com/Wikia.